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The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place in Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953.

Issue information

Born on 21 April 1926, Elizabeth became heir to the throne when her father became King George VI, upon the abdication of his brother Edward VIII in December 1936. On Nov. 20, 1947, she married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, a distant cousin whose mother was a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria. When George VI died on 6 February, 1952, Elizabeth came to the throne at the age of 25.

The 2d, 3d, 4d and 8d stamps were designed by J Berry, the 1s 6d stamp designed by L C Mitchell. The 2d  and 4d stamps were printed by Thomas De La Rue & Co, the 3d and 8d stamps by Harrison and Sons and the 1s 6d by Waterlow and Sons.


Historical Information

Information included on this page sourced from The Postage Stamps of New Zealand published by the Royal Philatelic Society of NZ. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link:

Stamp Bulletin

Bulletin scanned and provided by John Biddlecombe of the New Zealand Society of Great Britain. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link:

Stamp Bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 3 on 18 December 1952.

Product Listing for Coronation

Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 2d 'Buckingham Palace' gummed stamp.

Buckingham Palace the London residence of Britain's sovereigns, is situated at the west end of St. James's Park at the terminus of Pall Mall. Queen Victoria was the first British monarch to live there moving into the palace immediately after her accession to the throne.

Single Stamp

Single 3d 'Queen Elizabeth II' gummed stamp.

Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of her other realms and Territories and Head of the Commonwealth,  Her ancestry dates back to William I, the Norman who seized the throne of England in 1066.

Single Stamp

Single 4d 'State Coach' gummed stamp.

The State Coach.

Single Stamp

Single 8d 'Westminster Abbey' gummed stamp.

London's Collegiate Church of Saint Peter in Westminster, popularly called Westminster Abbey, is the place where all English sovereigns have been crowned since 1066.  The Abbey contains the 13th-century coronation chair of Edward I, the Shrine of Edward the Confessor, the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, and the Poet's Corner, with memorials to many of Britain's greatest writers.

Single Stamp

Single 1s 6d 'Sceptre' gummed stamp.

Crown and Royal Sceptre.


Technical information

Date of Issue: 25 May 1953
Designers: J Berry and L C Mitchell
Printers: Harrison and Sons, England; Thomas De La Rue, England and Waterlow and Sons, England
Stamp Size: 2d, 4d and 1s 6d: 40mmm x 24mm;  3d and 8d: 24mm x 27mm
Sheet Size: 120 stamps per sheet  (the 2d and 4d being in two panes of 60)
Process: 2d, 4d and 8d: Recess printed - Intaglio; 3d and 8d: Photogravure
Perforation Gauge: 14 x 13.5
Paper Type: Wiggins Teape 'Royal Cypher', multiple NZ and star watermark; Guard Bridge Mill, watermarked multiple NZ and star
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